Polling percentage for ULBs stands at 69% in Uttar Kannada, 68.5% in Dakshina Kannada and 70.3% in Udupi

Source: DHNS | Published on 1st September 2018, 1:35 PM | Coastal News |

Karwar: The fate of 136 candidates who had contested for the CMC polls, was sealed in the EVMs on Friday. The polling for the urban local bodies passed off peacefully in the district.

The polling began at 7:00 am but majority of the polling booths witnessed weak turnout. As the clock ticked 11:00 am, the polling gained momentum and voters ventured out of their house to cast their vote.

The city had recorded just 8.57% polling at 9:00 am and by 11:00 am it reached 25%. Following polls, educational institutes and government offices remained closed to help the voters exercise their franchise.

The polling percentage reached 49% by 3:00 pm. Serpentine queues were seen in front of polling booths at Baithkol, St Micheal’s Convent, St Joseph High School and other nearby areas. However, there was weak response from young voters.

Senior citizens turned models for the youths in exercising their franchise as they came in various modes of transport to cast their votes.

There were a total of 52,304 voters declared eligible to cast their vote of which 26,371 were female voters and 25,933 are male voters. For 31 wards of CMC a total of 55 polling booths were set up. BJP alone has fielded candidates in every ward. Congress had fielded 29 candidates and JD(S) 24. 52 candidates had contested as independents.

The counting of votes would be held on September 3 and the result would be announced by afternoon.

The election officials have said that the polling percentage to eight ULBs in the district has reached 69%. Mundgod has achieved the highest 77.80% polling.

Karwar has recoded 59.14%, Sirsi 64.66%, Dandeli 64.44%, Haliyal 77.49%, Ankola 71.55%, Kumta 68.91% and Yallapur has recorded 69.15%.

*Dakshina Kannada district:*

The fate of 250 candidates, contesting for 89 seats in the urban local bodies of Puttur, Ullal and Bantwal put together, is now sealed in electronic voting machines.

During the election held on Friday, voters from Puttur City Municipal Council (CMC), Ullal CMC and Bantwal Town Municipal Corporation (TMC) limits, exercised their franchise. The polling was peaceful in the district.

The counting of votes will be held in the taluk offices of Puttur, Bantwal and Bharat High School at Ullal on September 3.

Dakshina Kannada district recorded 68.50% polling. The percentage of voting in Puttur, Ullal and Bantwal at the end of the voting day was 68.69%, 65.36% and 72.36% respectively. At 9 am, the percentage of voting was 14.98%, 14.21% and 15.69% respectively.

Bantwal recorded the highest voting percentage while Ullal, the lowest.

The total number of voters in the three urban local bodies was 1,17,979 and among these, 80,820 have cast their votes.

Puttur

There are 77 candidates contesting in the 31 wards of Puttur CMC.

Forty-one booths were set up for polling. A total of 27,299 out of the 39,745 voters cast their votes. This includes 13,206 are men and 14,093 are women.

Ullal

A total of 102 candidates were in the fray in the 31 wards of Ullal CMC. There were 43 polling booths and 172 staff on election duty. Among 44,132 voters, 28,845 people cast their vote including 13,678 men and 15,077  women.

Bantwal

There are 71 candidates in the fray for the 27 seats of Bantwal TMC.

Thirty-two polling booths were set up and 24,676 people cast their votes against the total number of 34,102 voters, including 11,840 men and 12,836 women.

Objection filed

Confusion prevailed as the EVM at Parladka Higher Primary School was found to be faulty during the trial voting. At the beginning of the dummy voting, six out of 10 votes were converted to NOTA.

Congress candidate Pushpalatha’s husband, who was also her election agent, filed an objection with the booth-level officer and demanded that the EVM be replaced. However, the fault was not found during the third round of trial voting. Therefore, the same EVM was used for the polling process. There was a 15-minute delay in commencement of polling, due to the ambiguity.

Low turnout

A low turn out of voters was seen at several polling booths in Ullal in the morning.

Abdul Khader, an ailing senior citizen, exercised his franchise at the polling booth in Ombattukere.

Khader, a resident of Mukkaccheri could not walk on his own and he came to the booth with the help of his family member.

*Udupi district:*

The Udupi district recorded 70.3% polling in the Urban Local Body elections held on Friday. Udupi CMC recorded 68.52%, Saligrama Town Panchayat — 75.26%, Kundapur Town Municipal Council — 73.81% and Karkala Town Municpal Council — 71.1%.

At 9 am, the polling percentage in Udupi district was 14.25. Udupi CMC recorded 13.58%, Saligrama Town Panchayat reported 17.68%, Kundapur Town Municipal Council recorded 13.07 % and Karkala Town Municipal Council 16.63%. At 11 am, Udupi CMC recorded 30.04%, Saligrama Town Panchayat reported 37.64%, Kundapur Town Municipal Council recorded 29.37% and Karkala Town Municpal Council 34.29% and the overall polling percentage in the district is 31.14%. At 1 pm, Udupi CMC recorded 43.82%, Saligrama Town Panchayat reported 50.93%, Kundapur Town Municipal Council recorded 46.20% and Karkala Town Municipal Council 48.52% and the overall polling percentage in the district is 45.40%. At 3 pm, Udupi CMC recorded 54.88%, Saligrama Town Panchayat reported 62.53%, Kundapur Town Municipal Council recorded 57.97% and Karkala Town Municipal Council 58.17% and the overall polling percentage in the district is 56.43%.

At 9.35 am in Gundmi government higher primary school in Saligrama, 145 votes had been polled, out of 595 votes at Yakshimutt polling booth. While 189 had voted out of 697 voters in Challamakki polling booth. At 9.50 am in Saligrama Pete polling booth, as many as 124 votes had been polled out of 588 voters. In Bhagavathi polling booth, out of 921, 233 had voted by around 9.55 am. In Paduholli polling booth, 273 had voted out of 955 by 10 am. In Hindu Higher Primary School in Kundapur 214 votes had been polled by 10.45 am out of 788 votes. By 11.30 pm, 317 had voted out of 803 votes at Central ward polling booth in Kundapur. At Mangalore tile factor polling booth, as many as 454 out of 995 voters had cast their votes by 11.55 am in Kundapur. In Kodi lighthouse polling booth, as many as 408 voters had voted out of 881 by 12.55 am. In Gopalapura ward in Udupi, 1,771 voters cast their vote by 2 pm. There were 3,860 voters in the three polling booths in the vicinity.

A total of 261 contestants are in fray in the polls held for the four urban local bodies in the district. The counting of the votes will take place on September 3. In Udupi CMC, there are 35 wards and 91 candidates are contesting the polls. In Kundapur Town Municipal Council, there are 23 wards and 68 candidates are contesting. As many as 56 candidates are contesting for 23 wards in Karkala Town Municipal Council polls and in 16 wards of Saligrama Town Panchayat, 46 candidates are in the fray.

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